More grants for local clubs

By Brayden May

MORE clubs from Echuca and across the district have received state government funding as part of the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package.

City of Echuca Bowls Club, Cohuna Bowls, Cohuna Clay Target Club, Cohuna Golf Club, Echuca-Moama Cycling Club, Leitchville Bowls Club, Lockington Bamawm United Football Netball Club, Tongala Football and Netball Club will receive a grant of $1000 each.

“I’m pleased to see so many local sports and recreation clubs across the region receive this support, to help them pay the bills and make a return to play that little bit easier,” Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.

“We know that sport and recreation play a big part in our physical and mental wellbeing.

“That is why the Andrews Government is supporting our local sporting and recreation clubs to help bounce back from coronavirus restrictions and return to play as soon as possible.”

“While a thousand dollars might not seem like much money, for a small, volunteer run club in the country this is a lifeline and could mean the difference between starting back up sooner rather than later.”

“With the extension of the application deadline to June 30, I am encouraging every local sport and recreation club in the region to apply.”

The news is also good for the Leitchville-Gunbower Football Netball Club which is one of six recipients of Fonterra’s Grass Roots Fund in 2020.

Regional Operations Manager Steve Taylor said Fonterra’s community sponsorship program was changing next year so it could further support its local community.

“The team is currently working through these changes and will be able to share more information on this later in the year – so keep your eyes peeled,” he said.

The Victorian Government announced an extension of its package on Friday.

The cut-off for applications for $1000 grants for clubs and up to $15,000 for associations and leagues had been extended to 11.59pm on June 30.

Moama Echuca Border Raiders Soccer Association has also received funding of its own in recent days.

The club was awarded a $2978 grant as part of the VicHealth Active Club Grants Funding.

Cohuna Golf Bowls Club received $2180 from the same program.

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